All Aboard!

Is your toddlin' tyke all "Thomas" this and "Thomas" that, chugging around in an engineer's cap and blowing the whistle every five minutes? Then have we got a Christmas gift idea for you. Southern Colorado's Rio Grande Scenic Railroad took a cue this year from the Durango-Silverton narrow-gauge line (which hosts a trademarked Polar Express train adventure each winter) by instigating its own version of the holiday choo-choo: a rustic train ride among snow-covered peaks, with jolly old Santa and lots of goodies and photo ops in tow.

Rio Grande's North Pole Express makes its last two runs this weekend, complete with hot chocolate and candy canes for all; it leaves today and tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. from scenic La Veta, Colorado, for a two-hour after-dark meander through the mountains. Admission is $10 for children and $20 for adults; for information and reservations, call 1-877-726-RAIL or go to www.riograndescenicrailroad.com.
Saturdays, Sundays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Starts: Dec. 8. Continues through Dec. 16, 2007

KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
Contact: Susan Froyd